Vasavatti, Vasavattī: 2 definitions


Vasavatti means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Vasavatti. A name given to Mara (q.v.). E.g., J.i.63, 232; iii.309; MA.ii.538, etc.

2. Vasavatti. One of the palaces of Padumuttara Buddha before his Renunciation. Bu.xi.20.

3. Vasavatti. A devaputta, king of the devas of the Parinimmita vassavatti world (D.i.219). Because of his generosity and virtue practised in past births, he surpasses the devas of his world in ten things: divine life, beauty, happiness, pomp and power, divine shapes, sounds, perfumes, tastes and touch (A.iv.243). Mara also rules over a part of this world, but more as a recalcitrant vassal. MA.i.28.

4. Vasavatti. An epithet of Maha Brahma: Sabbam janam vase vattemi. DA.i.111.

5. Vasavatti. King of Pupphavati, father of Candakumara. For his story see the Khandahala Jataka.

context information

Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vasavattī : (adj.) wielding power; dominating.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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